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avatar WelshCake
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HI-HO, HI-HO
Early on a cold Welsh morning, many villagers would be ready to leave home for a long days work in the mine. Why? Because that's the only way they could earn money! Risking their lives on a day to day basis to gather some sweet, sweet coal!

Recently, I went to visit a real coal mine called "Big Pit" with my girlfriend, mainly to gather photographs for my art project. But we learnt quite a lot about the mining community at the time and truly how much of a risky job it was, if you hadn't already figured!


FETCH ME' PICK!
Before descending down 300ft below, we were equipped with new helmets and head lamps. During an underground tour we were told how children as young as 7 years old would be working in the mines, they were known as "trappers" as their responsibility was to open and close the doors to let horses and miners through. This was important because the doors were used to store fresh air and ventilate the shafts.


These children would be guided into the mines by a miner with a candle, but then left to sit by their door for 12 hours a day without ANY light what so ever! We were all asked to turn off our head lamps to experience this darkness and it was deeply unsettling! How do they find the door you may ask? Well they were attached to it by a piece of rope so they could find their way to the door if they could hear someone coming.


NOT SO STABLE
Horses were used in the mines! This was news to me as I never thought they'd be much use in a mine, but they were used to pull the carts back and forth; they liked to call them "Pit Ponies". We got to see their stables that they lived in overnight... underground! The horses never saw daylight when the miners got to go home, only on the miners holiday (2 weeks in summer) do they get released above ground to enjoy fresh air and the summer sun, to then be brought back down to work for another year.


That wasn't the least of the troubles for the poor Pit Ponies as they also had to stay down with the unwanted guests, the rats! The tour guide explained how the rats would bathe in their drinking water leaving them prone to disease! The largest rat they reported in Big Pit was said to be as big as 13 inches! Just over a foot long! They may as well had put a helmet on it and sent it to work!

IT'S NOT ALL DOOM AND GLOOM
The guide did actually say if the mines were to re-open then he would be back working as a miner, as he said the close knit bond each of them had was phenomenal! He described it much like the words of Leonidas from 300 as he said "You were responsible for the man next to you, and him to you". I noticed throughout all the images of these miners in their gallery, not one of them looked sad.

Despite all the dire risks of working in these mines, those men shared a strong friendship amongst themselves as they were responsible for each other, working hard and earning the same wage. I've always wondered how I would be if I was a miner, I always wanted to be one for some strange reason... Maybe it's just in my Welsh blood? Many ancestors were miners you know!


POPULAR?
I'm also pretty dazzled by the surprising amount of attention I've been getting here on PMC? I've only been here a week creating blogs and I've already met some great people who support what I am doing here. I've been sending thank you messages to my subscribers with a special image, which seemed to surprise a lot of you as superstrangerlika said "I've never seen anyone send messages to their subscribers saying thank you, it amazes me."

I feel welcomed by the PMC community and I hope I can treat you all to great content and constant
surprises!


Thanks for reading!
-WelshCake

Help a new time blogger like me out? Hit that diamond button... please?
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  • Nobody132
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • June 5, 2014, 4:00 pm
I'm commenting in bold, what you gonna do now? xD
  • WelshCake
  • Level 23
  • Expert Geek
  • June 8, 2014, 7:40 am
Nooo! Haha! Now it's going to be difficult to find my comments on the page ;(
  • Nobody132
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • June 10, 2014, 2:45 am
:D
poor Pit Ponies!
i'm happy that you feel welcomed. I've known this and the dangerous cautions are actually similar to Minecraft, (lava, monsters, etc.)

Still, i really like this blog! Diamonds to you! (Achievement Reference)
  • Gaara_Dude
  • Level 21
  • Expert Architect
  • March 6, 2014, 1:58 pm
No
  • WelshCake
  • Level 23
  • Expert Geek
  • March 6, 2014, 1:59 pm
What's wrong bud?
  • Gaara_Dude
  • Level 21
  • Expert Architect
  • March 9, 2014, 8:23 am
Nothing lol I just wanted to comment.
  • nolez15
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Toast
  • March 5, 2014, 12:18 pm
Happy birthday!
  • WelshCake
  • Level 23
  • Expert Geek
  • March 5, 2014, 1:36 pm
Thank you so much! 
  • nolez15
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Toast
  • March 5, 2014, 1:39 pm
:D
  • Reer123
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Terraformer
  • March 5, 2014, 9:16 am
Funny thing, the front picture has a Swedish flag on it. :3
  • WelshCake
  • Level 23
  • Expert Geek
  • March 5, 2014, 1:36 pm
Almost ;P That flag is black with a yellow cross, which is the flag of Saint David. (The Welsh Saint)
  • tomtheblob
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Blob
  • May 12, 2014, 9:32 am
So Cornish, like myself! :D
  • Reer123
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Terraformer
  • March 6, 2014, 6:54 am
Ooh, it looks a bit blue I suppose :o
  • Fishmastr
  • Level 21
  • Expert Fisherman
  • March 5, 2014, 8:58 am
Really love your blogs. They sound as you would love to do what you are doing and what is even better you are able to transport it. Really thank you, sometimes you miss the obvious, i just have read two of your blogs and cant wait to get home to start minecraft again! ^^
  • Ammisen
  • Level 1
  • New Network
  • March 5, 2014, 7:44 am
really nice blog!!! and is it just me that notice the swedish flag on the photo?
  • WelshCake
  • Level 23
  • Expert Geek
  • March 5, 2014, 1:35 pm
It may seem like the Swedish flag, but that there is the flat of Saint David. It is black with a yellow cross, not blue :) I got confused when I saw it for the first time too haha!
Nice one, interesting to read. *diamond* This isn't all past though, now the mining is just more present in other countries than the UK for example. Mining is still dangerous work :)

-Baron
  • WelshCake
  • Level 23
  • Expert Geek
  • March 5, 2014, 1:42 pm
Very true, they still do it across the world. What I found ironic, is that they had a picture of Margret Thatcher sitting with miners in their gallery! Haha! They stopped mining in the UK due to it being 'cost effective' but the problem is now, UK isn't producing anything! Meaning we are just buying and selling from other countries, becoming a giant retailing machine.

They say it is cheaper to buy coal from other countries, but that means money in their pockets for mining it. I'm surprised no one has opened up a privatised mining business here in the UK, unless there are laws against it.
Nice one again :) Of the things the UK produce it's mainly for the European market. I mean, the reason the EU is so strong is because far the most of our trade is between each other.
-Baron
  • Seneschal
  • Level 29
  • Expert Demolitionist
  • March 4, 2014, 12:51 pm
Interesting, good blog, here's a blue ore I found in the mines called a diamond :)
  • WelshCake
  • Level 23
  • Expert Geek
  • March 4, 2014, 2:01 pm
You're too kind!
  • mikeir
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Lumberjack
  • March 4, 2014, 12:06 pm
this is very intresting never read this here
-diamonded =)
man, poor horses.and welsh imma sub so i dont have 2 search. achievment get! new subscriber
  • WelshCake
  • Level 23
  • Expert Geek
  • March 4, 2014, 12:59 pm
Woohoo! Thanks man, I really appreciate that!
i was concidering since i 1st read ur blogs they're GREAT!
  • gabe4356
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Nerd
  • March 4, 2014, 11:08 am
I didn't know they used poor horses in mines!
Very interesting. I think you deserve a diamond.
I have a challenge for you WelshCake, or any other person who wants a go...

Build a working (Kind-of) mine in minecraft, using the origional texture pack, or another one (Link download) and upload it. Comment a link in the comments, and the best, well, is the best!

Good Luck!

~Hunteroftherealm
  • WelshCake
  • Level 23
  • Expert Geek
  • March 4, 2014, 12:53 pm
Challenge accepted! I actually planned to recreate the mine I went to ;) I'll make it on a seperate world and put it here on PMC!
  • Aelinexos
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • March 3, 2014, 10:22 pm
another awesome blog by welshcake :3
  • Svawe
  • Level 1
  • New Ranger
  • March 3, 2014, 10:07 pm
That sounds AWESOME! Wish it wuz me But, ehm i found something strange. Or well, i just read something the wrong way; with my girlfriend called "Big Pit" Ehm, yeah, i notice these kind of things. SORRY! And as talondog8 said, it would be amazing if you added some pictures.
  • WelshCake
  • Level 23
  • Expert Geek
  • March 3, 2014, 11:14 pm
I did include (that's the name of the mine... Not my girlfriend) haha but I felt it would have been inappropriate 
  • Svawe
  • Level 1
  • New Ranger
  • March 3, 2014, 11:17 pm
Yeah, i realized that almost instantly. :P
  • WelshCake
  • Level 23
  • Expert Geek
  • March 4, 2014, 12:19 am
There we go I decided to re-arrange it, it should be grammatically correct now hehe 
  • Svawe
  • Level 1
  • New Ranger
  • March 4, 2014, 2:57 am
Looks much better :D
  • bigf
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Hunter
  • March 3, 2014, 9:40 pm
Dude, some people know how to work miracles with popularity. My friend ThatCobblestoneGuy got 200 subscribers in a month, just by posting every few days.
  • talondog8
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Nerd
  • March 3, 2014, 4:35 pm
That sounds pretty awesome! You said you took pictures? Maybe attach them to the post so we may see a couple? Also, you should remake those mines! That'd be a sweet project.
  • WelshCake
  • Level 23
  • Expert Geek
  • March 3, 2014, 9:35 pm
knew I forgotten something! Haha thanks for reminding me!

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